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The Bridge project aims to create mentoring, training, and employment opportunities for young men who are completing periods of incarceration. The idea behind the Bridge project was conceived by the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Victoria, and a group of 33 graduates of Leadership Victoria's Williamson community leadership program, in 2005.
The aims of the project are to:
- build self esteem in young offenders
- create positive interaction between young offenders and the community
- build awareness and representation to give young offenders 'a fair go'
- provide employment opportunities that are valued and ongoing.
Through the project, the YMCA has developed a significant intervention which:
- aids young offenders
- provides work-ready employees
- is cost effective
- has a positive impact on community safety issues.
The Bridge project is also working in partnership with PVS Indigenous to coordinate a specialised employment program for young Indigenous offenders in the Melbourne metropolitan area. This program supports youth aged 16-25 years who have had, or are at risk of, contact with the justice system. Mentoring, accredited work readiness training, and pre and post work placement support are available to participants in this program.
Abstract adapted from the Young Men's Christian Association
Young Men's Christian Association
582 Heidelberg Road
Fairfield Vic 3078
Ph: (03) 9403 5000
Fax: (03) 9403 5100
Indigenous Employment Coordinator
Level 20, IBM Centre
60 City Road
Southbank Vic 3006
Mobile: 0414 501 879